Kostanjevica,Chapter 13. One of those small towns, visited and then never returned to in “The Historian”
“The little town of Kostanjevica,”place of the chestnut tree”, was indeed full of chestnuts at this time of year”
“In front of the mayor’s house,originally built to shelter an austro-hungarian beaurocrat”
It is worth reading this quotation about the monastery. Keep it in mind as “The Historian” develops and the significance of old books becomes apparent.
“The monastery’s library is named after Father Stanislav škrabec, a great Slovenian linguist who lived in the monastery for more than 40 years. A rich collection of books from the Sveta Gora library were brought to Kostanjevica when the Franciscan monks relocated there. Included is some priceless printed material from the 16th century. Later on, the library became enriched by operating as a school for potential monks but unfortunately the school was relocated to Kamnik because of the war. Within the monastery, the library occupies two big rooms and contains around 10,000 books. There are 30 incunabula (first editions) and a collection of books from the 16th to the 19th century. Among them is an important Slovenian grammar book called ˝Articae horuale˝ by Adam Bohorič, with his signature. Due to the priceless collection, the library has been protected as a national cultural heritage site since 1952 and in 1985, all of Kostanjevica (the church, monastery, library and crypt) was declared as an art and architectural site and as such is protected as a cultural heritage for the Slovenian people.”
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